Month: August 2020

69 Shoes to fill

In 1961 I entered the University of Chicago a decade after the founding of radio station WFMT where the cofounder Rita Jacobs (later Willens) was famous for beseeching listeners on air “Is anybody out there listening? We’re broke.” The station was built on the premise that it did not have to play pop music to …

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68 Do we measure?

My last post declared my change in outlook: to write for you, not for me. I cited the Mirasee LIFT conference as the example of moving forward together. It was indeed moving; it moved me to draw us together consciously. If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go …

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67 Teaching is not dispensing

It is an exchange For three days last week I profoundly enjoyed the LIFT convention presented by Mirasee. Danny Iny, with his wife and his brother, touched us all very deeply. There were stimulating guest presentations, but the most rewarding part of the conference was mingling (online) with the collegial participants. I heard of a …

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66 Teach me!

Last week’s invitation to disagree served many purposes. You immediately realized that you are safe here and do not have to agree with the owner. That reassurance lets you value the knowledge you bring. Your sense of value stimulates your growth toward your own goal, and you benefit. There is another dimension to the story: …

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65 Is it a commandment?

“This is not a request. This is an order.” That is the movie version of today’s topic. The Sunday school version is the pupil’s question, “Is the rule against smoking a commandment?” People seem to need certainty. Preachers tend to say that the Decalogue is not “the ten suggestions.” Nevertheless, I shall demonstrate that in …

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64 Please disagree

Today’s title is a special request. The article explains how to carry it out. The jovial expression in the staged photo communicates something other than despair. That lighthearted view of disagreement is quite different from serious conflict. High-energy union in competition A sportsmanlike contest is cooperation. The 1949 movie Adam’s Rib stars Spencer Tracy and …

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63 Be sad yesterday

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Kahlil Gibran What a relief! The sorrow comes first. The carving tool gets out of the way before you fill the vessel. Most of the search results for “sorrow into joy” point to the Bible. However, citing authority is less powerful …

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